Melee at Tokyo in Tulsa

Join us for three days of gaming, cosplay and more at Tokyo in Tulsa!

Melee will be hosting demos of all of our games all weekend long, including Eternal Adventure canon storylines. Lords of the Land, Brouhaha and Fortunes Flavor will be played throughout the days. Saturday will also witness a Sports Reenactment demonstration. Be one of the first to see Factions and Orders the miniature game in action. In addition we will feature a LARP event Saturday Night which could change the course of the kingdom as players will partake of duels of both swords and politics.

Come in garb or your best cosplay and let’s have a great time!

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Posted on June 23, 2019 .

Reports on recent flattened landscape in Tor

Analovan spies ushered out this missive discussing a strange event in the Tunguska region of Southern Tor, between Kroninburg and the Hampton Roads. Apparently a huge swathe of the forest was flattened by an unknown force. The missive follows as below.

We had a hut by the Tunguska river with my brother Cheborneck. We were sleeping. Suddenly we both woke up at the same time. Somebody shoved us. We heard whistling and felt strong wind. Cheborneck said, 'Can you hear all those birds flying overhead?' We were both in the hut, couldn't see what was going on outside. Suddenly, I got shoved again, this time so hard I fell into the fire. I got scared. Cheborneck got scared too. We started crying out for father, mother, brother, but no one answered. There was noise beyond the hut, we could hear trees falling down. Cheborneck and I got out of our sleeping bags and wanted to run out, but then the thunder struck. This was the first thunder. The Earth began to move and rock, the wind hit our hut and knocked it over. My body was pushed down by sticks, but my head was in the clear. Then I saw a wonder: trees were falling, the branches werbe on fire, it became mighty bright, how can I say this, as if there was a second sun, my eyes were hurting, I even closed them. It was like what the Valerians call lightning. And immediately there was a loud thunderclap. This was the second thunder. The morning was sunny, there were no clouds, our Sun was shining brightly as usual, and suddenly there came a second one!

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Cheborneck and I had some difficulty getting out from under the remains of our hut. Then we saw that above, but in a different place, there was another flash, and loud thunder came. This was the third thunder strike. Wind came again, knocked us off our feet, struck the fallen trees.

We looked at the fallen trees, watched the tree tops get snapped off, watched the fires. Suddenly Cheborneck yelled "Look up" and pointed with his hand. I looked there and saw another flash, and it made another thunder. But the noise was less than before. This was the fourth strike, like normal thunder.

Now I remember well there was also one more thunder strike, but it was small, and somewhere far away, where the Sun goes to sleep.

Posted on June 12, 2019 .

Travel Ban to Tor

Citizens are hereby warned not to travel north of Nearneth Point in the West as Tor effectively has closed its borders to the Kingdom’s Southern Provinces.  Citing the proclamation of His Grace Duke Kalivantes, Duke Dagorian declared:

“Neither the Capitol, nor the four other Principalities, have offered any aid to Tor in the reclamation of the Falkenburg Peninsula.  Now we are under assault by raiders on the sea as well, but we expect no aid from the Southern lands.  We are as we have so often been, on our own.  And so until this war is settled, our Vanguard will stand guard on our borders. None shall enter Tor, none shall leave. We mean no aggression to our brothers in the South, and hope to see an end to our internal issues quickly. Then, we shall restore trade and travel privileges with Tor.”

The Toran Vanguard patrol the border cities. The Assassins Gambit has been hired to repel and restrain, keeping those on either side of line in their place.  

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Posted on May 23, 2019 .

On Garb: Town Guards

The Ordo Arbiter Most often serve as the town guard of a city.

The yellow sash is worn while on duty and in ceremonial function. When off duty, they will bear a yellow belt favor. These sashes and favors are embroidered with the badge of the guild prominently displayed

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rank is displayed on the sash or favor by a series of simple stripes, The Reeve in its dishonor is not allowed to bear a favor or sash

No stripes are bestowed upon unranked members.

1 stripe: Constable

2 stripes: Sergeant

3 stripes: Inspector

4 stripes: Chief Inspector

5 stripes: Chief Magistrate

6 stripes: Chief Justice

the Chief Arbitrator is noted by his Chancellery favor

Otherwise, there is no guild-wide uniform, however individual cities and towns often have a uniform look for the guards. Usually these uniforms are lightly armored and bear the colors of the town.

Posted on May 12, 2019 .

A Trial of Mettle: Part 3

A Trial of Mettle: March 2nd year 36 ACI

Traveling with a merchant can be difficult in ways, but rewarding in others.  The journey through the Darkwald resulted in many great adventures.  

I freed a team of loggers from the threat of some wild boars in a town called Henry’s Crossing.  The Merchant collected pelts. 

I overthrew a mining company master in Concordia who was abusing his workers. While my work impressed the lord and promoted a fair foreman to lead, the merchant Visini negotiated a deal for ore trade. 

When we made it to Pepper’s Grotto, my job became teacher.  The mayor was facing attacks from homeless men in the woods that had turned to cannibalism. His guard didn’t have much training, but luckily the enemy was weak.  A couple of weeks’ training and the guard were at least competent with a pole arm. Oh, and Visini gathered reward in several quilts from the women of the grotto. 

In Fallsburn, the Castellan asked I travel up to the Pinewoods of Tor to deliver a message to West Hampton. We took leave  of the city with a team of Vikings headed to port in Norrorfolkshire.   Kragan forced us to compete in the battle pit before we could board his ships to cross the Sear Sea. By God’s hand I defeated the foes and we ventured onward to the Tundra of Tor. 

~Phillip Stephenson

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Posted on May 6, 2019 .

Octopus invasion near Sulphurdale

"It looked like a bit of a blob," said Vassal Reinhard Neumann. When he approached, he saw that it was an octopus, a creature commonly found off the beaches of Sulphurdale. 

Roughly five feet long, the animal was crawling about 30 feet inland. And it wasn't alone. As they walked through the area, they found 20 to 30 more octopuses seemingly crawling on land, in a space about half as big as a Danish Skull field.

Octopuses are nocturnal, meaning more may have crawled onto land while the local people slept.

What do they want?  Is this a portent of things to come?  

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Posted on May 5, 2019 .

Realms to Battle?

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A massive faction battle seems to be brewing in Analova. A massive movement of mercenary soldiers coming from the Moto Mushi mountains to the White plains has met with a camp of Griffons Gambit and Clan Chattan. To make matters curiouser, the Brotherhood of Balor, Triad and Justice announced over the Easter Holy Day their alliance. Reports across the land indicate large troop movements from these factions as well.

Posted on April 21, 2019 .

A trial of mettle part 2

Trial of Mettle: February 2nd year, 36 ACI

Vizzini and I arrived at Ricardo’s Corner just after nightfall. The people of the town were already inside the walls and behind closed doors.  A small town like this doesn’t have an inn for travelers.  I will have to hope there are kind people here who can give us rest, lest we must move on and make a camp in the forest.  

So, I knock upon the door to the largest house I see.  An old woman opens the door for me and lets us stay the night.  She is very ill, however, and dies in the night.  Vizzini and I spend the rest of the next day preparing her for burial and seeking out anyone who knows of her family.  Unfortunately we are left without any leads as the rest of the village seemed to hate this woman.  They say that her grandson is her only living relative and he is to be found in the town of Tyria just east of here.  

We make haste to Tyria, in search of this grandson, for he has a sad burden waiting for him at Ricardo’s Corner.  When we arrive, the people are gathered at the church.  I had forgotten, it is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. So, I step off of Sablemane and enter the church.  What I see here is astounding.  I admit, I was taken aback.  

The church was full of people and livestock!  I saw merchants all along the walls and goods and services of all sorts being bought and sold.  

A man came up to me and said, brazenly, “I’ve got things you won’t believe, name your pleasure and I will sell.  I can fix your wildest needs, I’ve got Heaven and I’ve got Hell!”  

I turned to the pulpit to see another in a piebald coat offering that I should “Take your pick of my finest wine, or lay your bets on this bird of mine.”

A blue haired man said to me “Don’t be scared, give me a try, There is nothing you can’t buy!”   

Turning away, I finally saw something that so reviled my eyes that I lost my temper.  A man in a Nurnberg surcoat was standing on the crucifix of our Lord spouting verse “Borrow cash on the finest terms, use this bank of Nuremburg!” 

The outrage in my eyes did shock Vizzini, who was respectful enough to leave his wares outside of the holy space.    As the fire swelled within my body, I took to a violent stance and began to thrash about the stalls of these merchants who would dare to defile this church.  Something overtook me as I called out to them “This church should be a house of prayer!  But you have made it a den of thieves!” and with one swing of my mace after another I smashed and crushed through the wares, expelling the merchants from the hollowed halls.  

I remember not how long it was that I remained succumb to the fever of battle, but when I regained my composure I was met by the bishop of Tyria who chastised me for my actions.  He claimed the devil took my soul and demanded that I leave the town.  Vizzini and I left as he wished, although I did make the Bishop Giotto Colombel aware of my intentions to inform the Society of St. Paul regarding this occurrence.  He swore to see me stripped of my position as a Paladin and furthermore to ensure I would never achieve knighthood - for he was a very powerful man in the kingdom.  Of that, I guess time will tell where the Lord takes me.  For now I will continue my journey to set right what was wrong.  

On the way out Vizzini told me that he had met with the old woman’s grandson and sent him back to Ricardo’s Corner.  This was good, for even if I did lose my temper, our mission here was completed.  Vizzini also told me that he was concerned that there may have been some credence to the words of the bishop, in that during my outburst it was observed that my eyes did reflect the light off of the cross much like a cat’s eye.  I hope for my sake that was just a trick of the light.  

For now, we journey north to Fallsburn. 

~Phillip Stephenson  

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Posted on April 21, 2019 .

A trial of Mettle

A Trial of Mettle: 2nd year of 36 ACI


I spent the last week cleaning up and securing the town of Breitenburg after the war that placed Aiken on the throne.  Having no more faith in Aiken than I did Wade at the end, I have decided that it is time to move on.  Cadhla has taken leave in order to pursue some personal goals, and while I am not fully aware of his activities- I shall honor his request. This coupled with the vacation of the Tempered Faith from Breitenburg has left me with little to no reason to remain. 

So it was decided that I would venture out on my own, to continue my trials and help towns along the way.  I prepared my things, prepared Sablemane and made my exit north, to visit Fallsburn. 

I was on the great bridge across the Analova river when I heard a voice call out to me. 

“So, you are a welcher?  Your word is as worthless as the breath that spoke the words doth stink eh?” The voice said.  I turned myself to face my accuser and saw a man in a cart.  

“How dare you...” I said as I looked, then I realized my error and called to the man.  “Vizzini!  Why I... of course, our pact.  Well then, you know my purpose.  There are many towns and cities on my route. I’m heading north first.  There will be many wild dangers, the weather is cold and inhospitable and some say the Darkwald Forest itself is full of terrors.   Are you up for the challenge?”

“The greater the risk, the greater the reward.  If it is as dangerous as you say, they will pay a premium for my goods.” The traveling merchant replied.  And with that our contract was once again being fulfilled.  He would ride with me, supplying my needs, I would promote his wares as my personal preference.  

We set out north. Our first stop was the sleepy hamlet of Ricardo’s Corner.  It may not be Cadhla with me, but it could be a lot worse!

~Phillip Stephenson 

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Posted on April 13, 2019 .

Kobold Attack!

The city of Wulpert was attacked last night by rampaging Kobolds. These small creatures are native to the land, and generally leave the people of Wulpert alone.

The motivation for the attack is unknown. The beast men damaged many buildings, setting fires to merchant stalls and the guilds in the area.

They did not go too far into the city before they were chased away by town guards. Castellan Spooner has increased the bounty offered by huntsmen to 15 Letcher per Kobold skull brought to the city.

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Posted on March 28, 2019 .